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Erase the difference

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Join CMHA in the call to erase the difference.
For decades, mental health and addictions services in communities throughout Ontario have been chronically underfunded compared to other parts of the health system. The result: it’s impossible to meet the needs of Ontarians. Wait times are up. Programs have been cut. People are falling through the cracks.
But we’re on the cusp of something big. For the first time in a long time, there’s widespread acceptance about the urgent need for quality mental health and addiction services. The federal government is providing an unprecedented amount of money for mental health and addictions services. And with the provincial election coming this spring, Ontario’s three main political parties all believe it’s a key issue.
Now is the time for all Ontarians who have been touched by mental health or addictions issues to make their voice heard. Join us in letting provincial candidates know that it’s time to #erasethedifference and fund mental health and addictions care the same as physical health care. 
Visit erasethedifference.ca and sign the petition. Then ask three friends to do the same.
With your help, we can send a strong message ahead of Ontario's June 7, 2018 election.
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Mood Walk

Mood Walks was developed by the CMHA as a province-wide initiative that promotes physical activity in nature,
or “green exercise,” as a way to improve both physical and mental health.

An increasing body of evidence suggests that one of the best ways to improve mental well-being is by simply
spending more time outdoors. Walking in nature has been proven to provide health benefits such increased
energy and immunity, increased weight loss and fitness, increased Vitamin D production, and reduced risk of
diabetes, heart attacks, and cancer.




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LivingWorks Training Sessions

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Suicide Asist  - Intervention Skills Training

The emphasis of the ASIST workshop is on suicide first-aid, to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help. This 2-day workshop will provide participants with the necessary skills to help a person at risk of suicide.

The workshop is for all caregivers (any person in a position of trust). It is suitable for mental health professionals, nurses, physicians, teachers, counselors, school support staff, youth workers, police and correctional staff, clergy and community volunteers.

ASIST workshop is held on two consecutive days between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm and participants must attend both days.

The cost for the ASIST workshop is $203.40(HST included) per participant. Lunch not included.

ASIST Workshop Dates  
8:30 am - 4:30pm (both days) lunch breaks will be between 12:30 and 1:30pm
  •  dates to be determined





Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training - Tune-Up (Refresher)

Suicide Asist  - Intervention Skills Training

The ASIST Tune-Up applies to those individuals who have completed ASIST. The TUNE-UP Workshop is a half-day program which focuses on dispelling a few notions about suicide, on tuning up the suicide risk review and safe plan guide, the suicide intervention model as well as reviewing available resources.

Generally, ASIST TuneUp, training refresher, is suggested within three years of the initial ASIST workshop, with the full two-day ASIST workshop to be re-taken every five years.

The cost for the half-day workshop is $67.80 ($60.00 + HST).

ASIST Tune-Up Workshop Dates
    • date to be determined.



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Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help. Often these opportunities are missed, dismissed or avoided - leaving people more alone and at greater risk. safeTALK training prepares you to help by using TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with further help and care.

safeTALK is for everybody who wants to help prevent suicide; front line workers, clergy, volunteers, parents, youth (15 years and older), teachers, law enforcement.

The cost for the half-day workshop is $67.80 ($60.00 + HST).    

 dates to be determined


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suicideTALK: An exploration in suicide awareness

suicideTALK is a session that invites interested community members to become more aware of suicide prevention opportunities in their community. Dealing openly with the stigma around suicide, this exploration focuses upon the question, "Should we talk about suicide?"

As a suicideTALK-informed session member, you will be better able to:

  • understand how personal and community beliefs about suicide affect suicide stigma and safety;
  • appreciate how the steps taught in safeTALK can be used to help prevent suicide;
  • choose among ways to help protect, preserve and promote life in a suicide-safer community.


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